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After a string of acid attacks in London, two boys aged 15


Victims were left bewildered and in agony, as five separate


assaults were carried out in under 90 minutes.


I took off my helmet and I'm screaming for help because it's


getting dry and as much as it's getting dry, it's burning.


With the number of acid attacks on the rise,


we'll be asking what can be done to prevent them.


A modern musical welcome in Paris from one President to another.


Now it seems they're the firmest of friends.


Jailed for 17 years - the former TV producer who tried


to hire three hitmen to kill his long-term partner.


The families taking part in an international trial


to try to find a way of treating dementia.


Roger Federer wins his semi-final in straight sets, leaving him now


one win from a historic eighth Wimbledon title.


And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News, Rory McIlroy heads into next


week's Open Championship on the back of a third missed cut


in four events, this time at the Scottish Open.


Two teenagers have been arrested after a string of acid attacks


Five people in separate incidents had acid thrown in their faces,


causing in the case of one man "life-changing" injuries.


The attacks happened amid rising concern about the number


of assaults in the capital involving corrosive fluids.


The attacks were carried out at five separate locations in east London


within the space of less than 90 minutes.


This report, from our Home Affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford,


contains some disturbing images from the start.


In the aftermath of an acid attack last night...


We need to try to get water in your eyes.


Police officers desperately trying to reduce the burning


I just jumped away from my bike and I just ran.


Tonight, the victim of that attack, Javed Hussain, told me


that the first help he received was from a passer-by.


I said, look, someone put acid on my face.


She was shocked, she was trying to call an ambulance.


If you call an ambulance, it's going to be long,


I need water now on my face because it's hurting, it's burning.


She ran to the Co-operative and she got one of the bottles of water.


The attack here turned out to be the first of five over


the next hour and a quarter, all in a small area of east London


and all involving acid being thrown at the victims.


At every crime scene the target had been driving mopeds.


A 24-year-old man here in Clapton was left with life changing injuries


The Prime Minister said the attacks were horrific.


Police have arrested a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old.


National statistics on acid attacks are not collated by the Home Office


but in London they have risen from 129 two years ago to 224 last


year, and by April this year there have already been another 66.


One of the most high profile recent attacks was last month


when 21-year-old Resham Khan and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar,


were targeted whilst sitting in their car at a traffic light.


We are concerned because the numbers appear to be going up.


We will arrest people, we will enforce the law as we can


and we are working very closely with the Home Office


to see if there are any changes in law required.


Stephen Timms is one of the MPs in east London


He has been campaigning for a change in the law and will lead a debate


I'd like the Minister to confirm on Monday that the possession


of acid will be an offence in the future in exactly the same


way that possession of a knife is an offence today.


I would like the law to be changed so that sulphuric acid will only be


It seems likely that some criminals are using the laxer rules on acid


to avoid the tough laws on carrying a knife.


The Home Office today said it was working with police


and retailers to tackle what it called these sickening crimes.


But any change in the law would take time.


USA that changes would take time but are they likely? -- you say that.


There is no doubt there is a discrepancy between the punishment


for carrying a knife and for carrying a bottle of acid and while


knives are more likely to kill you, a bottle of acid in the face can


cause life changing damage to your eyes or scars to your face. There is


an argument being made at the moment that you should essentially make it


illegal to be carrying any acid as you walk around the street unless


you have a very good reason. There is also an argument as you saw Von


Stephen Timms that it should be much more difficult to buy one of the


most dangerous of the commonly used acids, sulphuric acid and perhaps it


should only be available to people who can prove they work in


specialist areas. But governments are quite wary about quickly


changing the law in response to emerging crime trends. There is a


law that already exists with says that possession of a corrosive


substance with intent to cause harm would be a crime and that could be


used more often. If somebody throws acid into the face of somebody else


they could be prosecuted for grievous bodily harm with intent


which carries a life sentence so perhaps ministers want to see those


kinds of offences used more but they are in discussions with police and


retailers and a law change is possible but I don't think it is


inevitable. Thank you. President Trump has described


America's relationship with France as "stronger than ever"


as he attended the Bastille Day The parade marked a hundred years


since the Americans entered the First World War,


but events have also been held to remember the 86 people


killed in the Nice attack, Our Paris correspondent


Lucy Williamson reports. France today celebrated it long US


alliance with a series of increasingly forceful handshakes


between the heads of state. This event was not about the ties between


men but between nations. Joining the Armed Forces from both America and


France, beginning with a fly past of visiting fighter jets. Their


soldiers also led the parade together in a tribute to their role


in world War I. The US is an ally of theirs, I know sometimes we don't


think so but France was there for us and we are the for them. I did not


vote for president from but he is our president and we are proud to


have him here. Speaking to the crowd in central Paris, Mr Macron thanked


the US for the choice it had made a century ago and said that France and


America would never be divided. The France of today was honoured as


well with a military band playing music by Daft Punk. Enjoyed by some


in the audience, perhaps more than others. France's changing culture


mirrored in this parade, accompanied by changing security threats as


well. The image of France's security forces has changed in the past few


years, repeated terrorist attacks have refocused attention on security


at home and the values that France has chosen to protect. The ceremony


ended with the city and some of Nice, the scene of the country's


last major terrorist attack a year ago today. In Nice, the tributes


honoured those who died in the attack, killed by a truck driven


into Bastille Day crowds. Their names, 86 of them, pinned by


survivors into the shape of a heart. This afternoon President Macron flew


from Paris to join the commemorations. The fight against


terrorism was a battle for our civilisation, he said. The events


here today were still haunted by debates over how best to guarantee


security as the country once again paid tribute to its values, its


history, to the idea of France. Lucy Williamson, BBC News, Paris.


A former producer on the TV drama The Bill has been sentenced to 17


years in prison for trying to hire a series of hit men to kill


David Harris, who's 68, offered three men ?200,000


to murder his partner, Hazel Allinson.


He wanted to inherit her fortune and start a new life with a woman


David Harris was with his partner, Hazel, for 30 years,


but unknown to her, he also had a girlfriend, Ugne Cekaviciute,


To keep her and get rid of Hazel, Harris went looking to hire not one,


not two, but three hit men, all of whom were completely innocent


Harris first approached Christopher May, a private


detective, who secretly recorded Harris, suggesting Hazel


should be killed after a visit to the hospital.


Harris then made this chilling comment.


When Christopher May backed out, Harris turned to Duke Dean.


The pair were seen here meeting in London.


Mr Dean told me Harris offered him ?175,000 to kill Hazel.


Did you get the impression he was serious about getting rid of Hazel?


Duke Dean tipped off police, who then used an undercover officer


When Harris was arrested he told police that all he was doing


The judge rejected that today, saying his real intention


was to kill Hazel and get his hands on her money.


David Harris and Hazel Allinson did have happy times,


but his obsession with another woman, 40 years younger,


led him to push three men to kill, to satisfy his lust,


Dementia in old age is the biggest cause of death in the UK.


But in some families, extremely rare gene mutations


can cause Alzheimer's disease in middle-age.


Now, experts believe that studying the way the disease develops in such


families could hold the key to treatment in the future.


There are currently thought to be around 500,000 people in the UK


It's thought that in around 1% of cases, the disease


is a genetic inheritance, passed down through the family.


Those who inherit Alzheimer's often develop it in their 40s and 50s.


Our medical correspondent Fergus Walsh spoke to two families


with a history of Alzheimer's, both of whom are taking


I'm almost just waiting for the first sign, really.


The minute you forget something, the minute you can't


Sophie Leggett from Suffolk has a 50-50 chance of having inherited


She is now around the same age symptoms first emerged


And if Sophie has the early-onset gene, she could also


I can almost cope with the thought that it could happen to me


but what I can't cope with is the thought that


if it happens to me, it could happen to my daughter.


That's my big thing and I don't think I will ever come to terms


But what does her 16-year-old daughter think?


It's not like a taboo thing to talk about.


I think it's brought us closer together.


We've always been close but closer and I think just


Families from all over the world who carry rare


Alzheimer's genes are in London for a major conference.


Dean has early-onset Alzheimer's but is still able to work full-time.


Yeah, I just live day by day with it and keep moving on.


Two of Dean's brothers and a sister died from dementia in their mid-50s.


We are here because we don't want to watch another generation


have to go through what my husband and his father and his


I worry for my husband, but that fear of the unknown our for


Dean's son, Tyler, has been tested for the faulty gene but,


like Sophie, has chosen not to know the results.


If you find out, it's not only are you finding out,


it's your family finding out and the repercussions


Both families are part of an international trial


They are playing a vital role in the search for treatments.


From them we understand the biomarkers, the changes


in the body that happen, so you can see the disease before it


And finally from them, hopefully we will find a treatment


that works in that group and we can therefore extrapolate


that to the Alzheimer's population in general.


There is still no drug which can slow the focus


In the past year alone two major clinical trials ended in failure.


Despite that there is now real optimism that decades


And for families with Alzheimer's genes, that would lift a shadow


Local officials in Egypt say two German women have been stabbed


to death at a hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.


Four more foreign tourists were wounded in the attack.


Our Middle East correspondent Orla Guerin is in Cairo for us tonight.


Give us a bit more detail about what happened.


Tonight, British Embassy officials here in Cairo are telling me there


are still no indications that any British people were caught up in the


attack, but what we saw today, once again, was foreign tourists being


targeted on a Middle Eastern beach, and for some in Britain, there will


be painful echoes of the horrors inch in his ear in 2015, when 30


British people were killed. A lone attacker swam ashore today, stabbed


two women repeatedly, and let them to die on the sand. Local officials


say he managed to swim to the adjoining beach and continued his


attack, wounding several more tourists, and only then was he


arrested. There has been no claim of responsibility, but suspicion will


fall on the so-called Islamic State. They are carrying out an insurgency


from neighbouring northern Sinai. You will remember they claimed


responsibility for the downing of a Russian aircraft that had just taken


off from the red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh. It devastated the tourism


industry here. It had begun to recover and visitor numbers were up


by about 50% in the first quarter of this year. Now, for many, there will


be renewed concern about visiting Egypt. The Foreign Office advice is


quite nuanced here, and there is no blanket ban on visiting the country.


The FCO says it is quite likely that terrorists will try to carry out


attacks and encourages vigilance. There is still a ban on any British


aircraft flying to and from Sharm El Sheikh, and that remains in place.


A High Court judge has heard that the American doctor who has


offered to treat the terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard is to come


Charlie's parents want him to receive experimental therapy.


They have been involved in a lengthy legal battle with doctors


at Great Ormond Street Hospital, who believe life support


Douglas Innes, the boss of a sailing company,


has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of a yacht


The 40-foot Cheeki Rafiki lost its keel 700 miles off


Nova Scotia three years ago, killing all four of its crew.


Two Israeli police officers have died after Israeli Arab gunmen


opened fire near a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem's Old City.


The assailants were killed by security forces.


The attack prompted Israeli officials to cancel Friday prayers


All this week, we've been reporting on China's plan to recreate


the famous Silk Road, the ancient trading route


The ambitious project will mean building infrastructure


President Xi Jinping says it will boost trade,


But critics say that China's markets are far from open,


and that the project will benefit Beijing at the expense


Our China editor, Carrie Gracie, has been following the 7000-mile


Facing west since the end of the Soviet era but eastern Europe


is becoming a key piece in China's strategic jigsaw.


Wieslaw and his son would never sell Polish land to Chinese investors.


He explains they are actually trying to expand, hoping to sell dairy


products to wealthy Chinese consumers who think


China could be a big new market for European milk,


but it's a long and complicated journey from here to


It's a journey Wieslaw wants to risk, as dairy


TRANSLATION: China is a very big and interesting market for us


But China's markets are still far from open.


And since the global financial crisis, it has mopped up cheap


Now China wants to build here and control supply chains.


A big idea driven by the state, not the market.


Some economists warn that could be risky.


When this is planned by the state agencies and it's going to be


implemented by state agencies, then my worry is that it's


going to end up with huge amounts of bad loans with dozens


China's plan is already on the assembly line.


This Polish factory once made tanks for the Soviet bloc.


Now, it makes diggers for the Chinese state company that


Hou Yubo hopes China's new Silk Road will turn it around.


We don't see the mass of orders yet and we are ready for that


So no real difference to the bottom line yet?


The customers will have the need for machines, but not yet.


Europe's bid for China is still in neutral,


while China is moving up a gear here,


either digging Europe out of a hole or digging that hole deeper.


And you can see the final part of Carrie's journey


on the Ten O'Clock News on Sunday night.


The biggest names in para-athletics have been in action tonight


as the World Championships get under way at the London Stadium.


Hannah Cockroft extended her undefeated streak


Our sports correspondent Andy Swiss reports on the action.


Five years on from the Paralympics here, same stadium, different


This will be the biggest World Para-Athletics ever - 250,000


tickets sold, more than the last seven championships combined, and


Hannah Cockroft is the closest thing to a racing certainty, but in


At the top of the screen, her 16-year-old team-mate led the way.


Hurricane Hannah, though, eventually lived up to her nickname, storming


It confirmed Cockroft's status as one of sport's


She has every title at every distance.


I think, going round the warm up laps, I was getting a bit emotional.


We haven't had that since London 2012,


and just to be able to go in, put a good performance in, it just means


so much, and hopefully, it's a sign of a good


Some battle, then, but the British team is off to a golden start.


Yes, a successful first evening for the British team, and there should


be plenty more success over the next nine days, with stars like Jonnie


Peacock, Richard Whitehead and Kadeena Cox, a real chance to revive


the feel-good factor of London 2012. Rita.


Tennis - and Roger Federer is on course to win a record


eighth Wimbledon title, after making it


He beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets to seal a place


He'll face Croatia's Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday.


There is a man transported around the All-England Club as if he was


This is what Wimbledon looked like in 1998.


That teenager, the junior singles champion.


ANNOUNCER: Roger Federer from Switzerland.


Back then, your phone may well have been at home, and your


The world changes, but Federer's appeared


timeless, his appeal spanning nations and generations.


Sure, nobody's perfect, but nobody's seemed closer.


His semifinal against Tomas Berdych was classic Federer -


a tight match against a strong opponent, where Federer always just


At 35, he's rationed his tournaments, conserved


his energy, to enable him to win points like this.


The first two sets both went to tie-breaks.


When he wants to, Federer can just turn a


COMMENTATOR: It's just delicious, isn't it?


Berdych had beaten Federer here before, reached the final here


It was 6-4 in the third, and the number of sets


Federer has lost at this year's Wimbledon?


So, Roger Federer, through, and that is popular on the


But there is still a man standing between Federer and that


Marin Cilic of Croatia, who overcame Sam Querrey today -


And Cilic is an opponent in the final Federer


He's a lovely guy, so I'm happy for him.


Wimbledon finals, and after he crushed me at the US Open a few


years back, where he played lights-out, I hope he's


At 35, could Federer really be getting better?


Well, so far, here, he's been too good for everyone